The UW softball team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament for an amazing 22nd season in a row. A lot has happened between their first-ever tourney game on May 20, 1994, and Sunday, when they received an at-large bid in this year’s tournament. The Huskies have made 11 Women’s College World Series appearances during that span, which includes winning the national title in 2009.
Here’s a snapshot of what was going on in the world 21 years ago when the Huskies made their first postseason appearance:
Books: The New York Times’ fiction bestseller was The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield and the non-fiction bestseller was Embraced by the Light, by Betty J. Eadie with Curtis Taylor. Also, Mark Butler’s How to Use the Internet was published.
Gas: The average price for a regular gallon of gasoline was $1.05.
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World news: Nelson Mandela had just been inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president on May 10.
Movies: Maverick, based on the 1950s TV series and starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, was released in theaters and went on to become a big hit.
Music: I Swear by All-4-One was just starting an 11-week stay on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Sports: The Mariners set a then all-time record for runs scored in a game with a 19-2 rout of the Texas Rangers at the Kingdome; Tabasco Cat won the Preakness Stakes the next day on May 21.
Television: Seinfeld was the top-rated show and In Living Color, LA Law and The Joan Rivers Show all went off the air for the last time on May 19-20.